HE’S spent more time globetrotting over the past six weeks than your average Getaway host.
But Queanbeyan Whites star Robbie Coleman is hopeful of returning home long enough to play a major role in the club’s finals charge.
Coleman flew to London on Tuesday as part of the ACT Brumbies side to contest the inaugural world club invitational sevens tournament at Twickenham this weekend.
Their appearance at the invitational tournament follows on from the Brumbies’ gruelling 35,000km journey to the Super Rugby grand final earlier this month.
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Chris Dutton reports that by the time the Brumbies return from London next Thursday, those players involved will have travelled 67,000kms to four counties in just six weeks.
Coleman acknowledged the hectic travel schedule coming at the end of a long Super Rugby season had taken its toll.
The 23-year-old said he had considered taking time away from the field following the Brumbies’ grand final loss but will instead drag his battered body through another month of competition in a bid to help lead the Whites to premiership glory.
“My body clock’s a bit off at the moment and I’m still taking four hour naps during the day which isn’t ideal,” Coleman said. “I was definitely tempted [to take some time off] after the grand final.
“But Queanbeyan’s been really accommodating and I love playing for the Whites so we’ll see how things go in London and then hopefully I’ll be back for finals.
“It’s been a long year and the body’s copped it a bit so I’ll need to get a few things fixed up but hopefully I can get through the season with Queanbeyan before I have to focus on that.”
Coleman’s Sevens commitments mean the playmaker will miss the Whites’ final round clash against Royals at Campese Field on Saturday.
A bonus point victory could see Queanbeyan finish as high as second on the competition standings following last weekend’s 29-28 upset of frontrunners the Tuggeranong Vikings.
The win was the perfect stage for the Whites to celebrate club legend Matt Hirst’s 200th game and puts Queanbeyan firmly in title contention.
“We knew from the first five minutes it was going to take a massive effort for us to hold on but credit to the boys and the guts they showed out there to get the win,” Coleman said.
“Tuggeranong is a champion side though and I still think we’re underdogs so we’ll just keep quiet and maybe surprise a few teams along the way.”